RSA/RDA Spring Lecture Series: New Commons

What: RDA & RSA Spring Lecture Series
New Commons: Between Aesthetics and Engagement

The lecture series, curated by Rice Assistant Professor of Architecture, Neyran Turan, brings together architects and scholars who redefine the capacity of architectural aesthetics in engaging with the world.

Recent examples of architectural engagement frequently reduce the architect’s role to that of a problem solver. Offering an alternative to this role, this series will investigate new practices within architecture that showcase the architect as not merely a respondent, but as an active agent capable of building new ideas and languages as they relate to the city, the environment, and geography. By focusing on the work of these architects and thinkers, the series will establish a new commons – that is, a ground for forging new and more productive relationships between aesthetics and engagement.

The public and RDA Members are invited to hear the following speakers during the series:

Wednesday, January 16
Pedro Gadanho
Curator of Contemporary Architecture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Wednesday, January 23
Luis Callejas
Principal, LCLAOFFICE, Medellín, Colombia, and Cambridge, USA

Wednesday, February 6
David Gissen
Associate Professor, The California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Reception will be in the Beck Building

Tuesday, February 19
Xaveer de Geyter
Principal, XDGA Architects, Brussels, Belgium
Reception will be in the Beck Building

To purchase tickets, please click here.

Ticket information is as follows:

$20 – RDA or MFAH member
$15 – Senior Citizen 65 and older
$10 – Student (Student ID Required)
$35 – Non-RDA member

Single Tickets (upon availability, will be sold 30 minutes prior to the lecture):
$7 – RDA, MFAH members; Senior citizens 65 and older; Students with identification
$10 – Others

Where: Brown Auditorium, Caroline Weiss Law Building, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

When: Lectures starts at 7 p.m. with a pre-lecture reception at 6 p.m.

Special thanks to our reception sponsors The Office of James Burnett; CenterPoint Energy, Inc.; Cokinos, Bosien & Young; D. E. Harvey Builders; Haynes Whaley Associates, Inc.; PGAL; Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc.; Telios; Tellepsen Corporation; Trammell Crow Company; Walter P Moore; the Corporate Members of the Rice Design Alliance; the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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